White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday suggested a reporter wasn’t qualified to question President Joe Biden’s support for abortion rights because, as a man, he can’t get pregnant.
The Biden administration’s official position is that men can, in fact, carry and birth children.
A day before Biden condemned a new Texas law that effectively bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, Owen Jensen, a reporter at Eternal Word Television Network, asked how the president reconciles his “pro-choice” politics with his Catholic faith.
REPORTER: "Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches abortion is morally wrong?"@PressSec: "He believes that it's a right. It's a woman's body and it's her choice… I know you've never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant." pic.twitter.com/xd9vHGON5L
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 2, 2021
Psaki responded by citing women’s bodily autonomy.
Money quote: “I know you’ve never faced those choices, nor you have never been pregnant, but for women out there who have faced those choices this is an incredibly difficult thing and the president believes their rights should be respected,” she said.
- Much tongue-in-cheek commentary accused Psaki of being “transphobic.”
- Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro quipped: “How does she know this male-identifying reporter has never faced those choices, or that he’s never been pregnant? Some men have been pregnant.”
- “Strikingly transphobic rhetoric from the White House,” tweeted Ryan Williams, president of the Claremont Institute.
Biden sparked controversy in July when his 2022 budget proposal replaced the term “mothers” with “birthing people.”
- On Thursday, Imani Gandy, a progressive journalist and senior editor at Rewire News Group, complained about the way coverage of the Texas abortion law centered around women.
- “Stop writing [S]ubstack posts and articles that talk about Texas women being in trouble or Tex[a]s women’s bodily autonomy being under siege,” Gandy tweeted. “It’s pregnant Texans. Pregnant people. It’s ignorance and cruelty at this point. That’s how I view it and I know a lot of you know better.”
Here’s Biden explaining his position on abortion Thursday versus in 2015, courtesy of the Daily Caller’s Mary Margaret Olohan.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 3, 2021